Sunday, October 26, 2008

Republicans link Murphy to Barney Frank and his big mouth

The National Republican Congressional Committee fired off a press release yesterday, noting that Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank had recently contributed to Chris Murphy's re-election campaign in Connecticut's 5th District.
According to the NRCC, that links Murphy to Frank's recent comments that the defense budget should be cut by 25 percent, and that Democrats would "raise taxes ... eventually" once they control the White House and Congress.

“Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Democrats will push for a stimulus package after the November election, and called for a package reducing defense spending by 25 percent while saying Congress will ‘eventually’ raise taxes . Frank told the editorial board of the SouthCoast Standard-Times that he wanted to reduce defense spending by a quarter , meaning the United States would have to withdraw from Iraq sooner.”
“‘We’ll have to raise taxes ultimately,’ Frank said. ‘Not now, but eventually.’ Frank told the Standard-Times that if Democrats cannot secure the votes they need in November, they will try again in January, when they will likely have stronger majorities in the House and Senate.” (The Hill, 10/24/08)

“It’s no longer enough for Chris Murphy to ‘claim’ that he won’t raise taxes when all evidence points to the fact that the centerpiece of his party’s agenda is to enact devastating tax increases and cut critical Defense funding,” said NRCC spokesman Brendan Buck. “By taking campaign cash from Barney Frank, Murphy is showing voters that his loyalties really lie with the liberal Washington establishment, not Connecticut's hardworking families struggling with the current economic crisis.”

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